JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 18, 2016) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Monday that the Buccaneers have received a national letter of intent from Southwest Tennessee Community College transfer David Burrell (Milwaukee).
Burrell, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season, leading the Saluqis to a Region 7 championship and an Elite Eight appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.
“David has tremendous length and is an elite-level athlete,” said Forbes, whose team is coming off a 24-win campaign and a postseason appearance in the Vegas 16 Tournament. “He is highly versatile and can defend multiple positions on the court. David played for an outstanding junior college program under Jerry Nichols at Southwest Tennessee this past year, and that has prepared him to step right in and contribute immediately.
"I love his motor, his competitiveness, and his versatile skill set. He’s going to be fun to coach the next two years and our fans are going to really enjoy watching him play.”
This past season, Burrell connected on 55 3-pointers and swiped 52 steals, finishing the year as a Region 7 first-team selection, the Region 7 Tournament MVP, and helping lead Southwest Tennessee to a 30-5 record. Burrell scored 17 points in a win over No. 1-ranked North Idaho in the NJCAA National Tournament, and his team ultimately ended its season in a loss to eventual national champion Salt Lake City.
For the season, Burrell shot 54 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line.
“I chose ETSU because of my relationship with the coaching staff and the players,” Burrell said. “Coach (Brian) Collins recruited me all year, and I developed a great relationship with him. The environment on campus was great and Coach Forbes sold me on his vision of winning championships at ETSU.”
Burrell chose ETSU over Washington State, Bradley, Southern Illinois, UIC, Eastern Michigan and Drake. He joins early signee Jason Williams (Detroit) in the 2016-17 recruiting class.
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